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The Immigration Debate: Latinos press Obama to deliver immigration reform. Two U.S. Senators (bipartisan) deliver plans.

Sen. Charles Schumer, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham have laid out plans for immigration reform.

Sen. Charles Schumer, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham have laid out plans for immigration reform (Photo CNN Politics)

Hispanics, frustrated that President President Barack Obama  has yet to fulfill a pledge to revamp the immigration system, are warning him to deliver this year or face the consequences in congressional elections in November.

Tens of thousands of Latinos plan to rally in Washington on Sunday, cautioning that their support for Obama and his fellow Democrats, who face a struggle to hold their majorities in both houses of Congress, hinges on the issue.

But the event may be overshadowed by a vote that day in the House of Representatives on healthcare overhaul legislation that would be Obama’s signature achievement so far.  Obama benefited in 2008 from a huge turnout of Hispanics, drawn by his promise to deliver immigration reform allowing millions of illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.

But that has been slowed by Obama’s yearlong push for healthcare reform, efforts to revive the slumping economy and resistance in Congress after an immigration overhaul was torpedoed in 2007 under Republican President  George W. Bush. With November elections looming, analysts say time is running out to tackle the issue this year.
However, two U.S. Senators have laid out plans for immigration reform.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, lay out broad ideas for fixing a “badly broken” system.

“The American people deserve more than empty rhetoric and impractical calls for mass deportation,” the two senators behind the new immigration plan wrote Friday in the Washington Post.

“Our plan has four pillars: requiring biometric Social Security cards to ensure that illegal workers cannot get jobs; fulfilling and strengthening our commitments on border security and interior enforcement; creating a process for admitting temporary workers; and implementing a tough but fair path to legalization” for the 11 million immigrants in the United States illegally, the two lawmakers wrote.

The plan will “require an effective employment verification system that holds employers accountable for hiring illegal workers,” the senators write, including a “tamper-proof ID system.”

The plan also would create “a zero-tolerance policy for gang members, smugglers, terrorists and those who commit other felonies after coming here illegally.”

“Ending illegal immigration, however, cannot be the sole objective of reform,” they wrote. “Developing a rational legal immigration system is essential to ensuring America’s future economic prosperity.”

After meeting with Schumer and Graham — both powerful figures within their parties — earlier this week, President Obama issued a statement saying he was “pleased” to see their “promising, bipartisan framework which can and should be the basis for moving forward. It thoughtfully addresses the need to shore up our borders, and demands accountability from both workers who are here illegally and employers who game the system.”

The “critical next step,” Obama said, is turning the framework into legislation. He called on Congress “to act at the earliest possible opportunity.”

Immigration rally scheduled in Washington

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3 Responses to The Immigration Debate: Latinos press Obama to deliver immigration reform. Two U.S. Senators (bipartisan) deliver plans.

  1. Herlinda Manfredonia

    March 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    It sounds love you’re creating problems yourself by trying to solve this issue instead of looking at why their is a problem in the first place

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    March 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm

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  3. Cristina Leiberton

    March 21, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Let the debate begin!